King Lear Phase One• What play is he from? King lear is from a Shakespear tragedy called ‘King Lear’• Who is he? H goes by the name Kinglear. Lear is a vain and temperamental man.• What type of character is he? King Lear is the main character in this play and is also the protagonist. He is used to being flattered and does not respond well not being contradicted.
• When and Where is this play set? This play is set in Britain because King Lear is the king of England.• Synopsis: King Lear is used to enjoying absolute power and to be flattered and he does not respond well to contradicted or challenged. At the beginning of the play, his values are notably hollow – he prefer his elder daughters’ obvious flattery over the actual devotion of Cordelia, and he wishes to maintain the power of a king while unburdening himself of the responsibilities. Nevertheless, Lear inspires loyalty in subjects such as Glouster, Kent, Cordelia and Edgar, all of whom risk their lives for him.
• What type of conflict is in this play? One type of conflict in this play was person versus person as the elder daughters turn on their father out of greed.• The other type of conflict in this play is person versus self. Lear has to deal with mental issues after his elder daughters turn on him and realises he has done bad towards his youngest Cordelia. This is what eventually kills him.
• What is the main source of conflict driving the plot and how does it involve your character? The main Conflict in this play is person versus person as Lears daughters betray him out of greed. He offers his daughters land in return for their love, but they are greedy and want more, they want to rule as well.
Plot Structure• Exposition: King Lear is old and tired of governing his kingdom so he divides it for his daughters in return for their love, while he still wants the power of a king.• The exciting force: His two elder daughters flatter him while secretly betraying him. His youngest daughter speaks the truth but Lear is blinded by the flattery and gets angry with Cordelia, his youngest daughter, and disowns her.
• Conflict or rising action: King Lear stays with his daughter Gonril at her castle. She dislikes the amount of guards he has and complains to him. Lear takes this as an insult and gets angry and decides to live with his other daughter.• Turning point or crisis: When Lear arrives at his other daughters castle she also protests against the amount of guards he has. Lear then vows vengeance against them.
• Catastrophe or falling action: Lear then starts to go mad, and his daughters become more evil. They then join Edmund who is also very evil. Lear then falls ill and finds himself in a French camp in dover.• Resolution: Edmund is slaughtered by his own brother Edgar. The two sisters then realise everything is lost and kill themselves.• Denouement (untangling) : Al royal power is then restored to Lear as it was at the beginning.
• Comic Relief or Dramatic relief: In the midst of Cordelia’s death, Lear then falls himself and dies out of grief.
Phase Two• Describe your character at the beginning of the play:• King Lear has many relationships at the beginning of the play, some bad and some good. His daughters are a good example. Lear feels he has a great relationship between them. The motivation that drives King Lear, is the contradiction from his youngest daughter Cordelia, but this only drives Lear to mental issues.
• Explain how your character changes,or develops, over the course of the play:• Lear starts off with power of a king and acts like one too, but once his elder daughters betray him, he changes for the worse. Lear starts to go mad and as the play wears on he increasingly becomes worse until he finally realises that he was wrong to abandon his youngest daughter. Lear then attempts to save her life but is to late she was already dead, in his own distress Lear then falls to his knees and dies.
• Describe what they are like by the end of the play: By the end of the play king Lear had learnt about betrayal and the effects of greed. He had achieved the insight to recognise those who plotted against him. King Lear gained back his kingdom and loyalty of his subjects by the end of the play, this was partially due to him regaining a stable mental state of mind. His losses by the end of the play were huge as not only di he lose his only faithful daughter which ultimately lead to his own tragic death.
• Find a range of quotes- things they say or other people say about them- that define the character at each stage of their development: Development stages:Stage 1: Powerful LearQuote: “I shall still be called king”.Stage 2: Crazy LearQuote: “Lears mind was in so much turmoil that he ignoredthe rain”.Stage 3: Sane but broken LearQuote: If only Cordelia could live, all my sorrows wouldvanish. All royal power can now be returned to Lear, ourtrue king! But his words were wasted. Cordelia’s death hadfinally broken Lears heart and, collapsing, he died”.
• Bibliography:• Phase One:• Question One: What play is this character from? =Wikipedia• Question Two: Who is he? = www.blogspot.nz• Question Three: What type of Character is he? =No Fear, Shakespeare, King Lear (book)• Question Four: Where and when is the play set? = www.williamshakespeare.info Synopsis= No Fear, Shakespeare, King Lear(book)
• Question Five: What type of conflict is in this play? = King Lear by Anthony Masters (book)• Question Six: What is the main source of conflict driving the plot and how is Lear involved in it? = King Lear by Anthony Masters (book)• Phase Two• Question One: Describe (with examples) your character at the beginning of the play. =No Fear, Shakespeare, King Lear (book)
• Question Two: Explain with examples how your character changes or develops over the course of the play. = King Lear by Anthony Masters (book)• Question Three: Describe what they are like by the end of the play. =No Fear, Shakespeare, King Lear (book)• Question Four: Find a range of quotes. = King Lear by Anthony Masters (book)